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THE GOOD NIGHT
USA: Yari Film Group Releasing
UK: Momentum Pictures
Cast: Penelope Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Danny DeVito, Michael Gambon, Lucy DeVito, Amber Rose Sealey, Sonia Doubell
Director: Jake Paltrow
Countries: USA / UK / Germany
USA: 93 mins
USA Rated: R for language and some sexual content
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and sex references
USA Release Date: 5 October 2007 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 18 January 2008 (Limited Release)
Gary Sheller's (Martin Freeman) image of himself is deteriorating: his former success as a pop musician has vanished, his job as a commercial jingle writer is uninspiring and degrading, his relationship with his girlfriend Dora (Gwyneth Paltrow), is a constant struggle, and he passed his thirtieth birthday four years ago. Add to that his best friend and former band mate Paul (Simon Pegg) seems to become more successful every time he breathes.
Gary is depressed and dejected... until he meets Anna (Penelope Cruz). In Anna he finds a love, contentment and self-worth absent in his real life. She is fully committed to Gary sexually, artistically and intellectually. Anna is the girl of Gary's dreams...literally.
But Gary can only see Anna in his dream life and consequently seeks a means to carry on the most satisfying relationship of his life, in his dreams. His quest for lucid dreaming techniques leads Gary to an eccentric, post beat era, new age idealist named Mel (Danny DeVito) who guides Gary through his complicated pursuits. As Gary shuns reality to dedicate himself to the security and comfort of his dreams, his waking life troubles worsen.
Filmed on location in London and New York City, THE GOOD NIGHT was written and directed by Jake Paltrow and stars sister Gwyneth Paltrow alongside and all star cast including Penelope Cruz, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Danny DeVito and Michael Gambon.